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The action is hokey and done more for imagery then the action itself. Its fun to see the girls pose as they fire guns or spells.
The CG is obvious but sufficient for getting the point across. This is not a big Hollywood blockbuster so don't expect King Kong or Avatar level effects, this is only a step above TV shows like Sanctuary..
The characters are only hinted at. There really isn't any development and they have little dialog. (one has nothing but a few squawks) They are simply defined by mannerisms and costume.
The story is bare one. Its only about the four putting aside their name calling for five minutes to defeat the end boss. That is it. The story could have been done in thirty minutes (or 15) but its Oshii and he loves to draw out scenes of the characters cooking, or watching the sunset or spontaneously dancing. It would have been much better if it had cut down on the sunsets and you could actually see how Grey convinced the other two to join the party.
This isn't a bad flick. Its just not a good one either. Everything is interesting over exciting or dramatic and the philosophical bit are out of place. It has fun moments too, like the duel. All in all, I didn't hate it, but it'll be a rare occurrence when I pull it off the shelf to watch it again.
One thing I want to add. If you have ever played an MMO you will appreciate some of the strangeness of the movie if you catch it.Read more ›
Following the introduction we get five chapters that take us through a sort of mini-plot that finds four competing characters having no choice but to put aside their quarrels in order to battle the big boss of the game Avalon, who otherwise could not be defeated alone.Read more ›
If you're looking for a film with things like a plot, or character development, or suspense, or big action scenes? Well, it has a plot, but it's so ridiculously simple it barely counts. There's very little character development -- and by "very little" I mean I didn't see any. You learn one or two things about a couple of the characters, but it only comes in brief moments of dialog and is never followed up on. There's a tiny bit of suspense as you wonder whether [spoilers], and the action scenes provide just enough action to highlight the overall quietness of the landscape and the film. It's set in a virtual reality MMO, and I'll tell you, if my game had so little actual action in it I would probably stop playing.
I can't recommend it for most moviegoers, but if you're drawn to movies that are beautiful to look at and you don't need much more, well, this one is, in my opinion, beautiful to look at. I only wish I could find out where it was filmed.
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Even if this movie is very limited in scope and acting; I think that because of the way it is designed, it deserves high marks. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dave C
For a director who can produce sublime clever stories that contemplate the human condition this one falls way short. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Philip Banks
It wasn't quite what I was expecting but it wasn't completely horrible. There could've been a little more to it than there was.Published on July 14, 2013 by Kerry Ryan Maloney
If you're an MMORPG lover then you MUST watch this little gem. It's a relatively short production that borders on art flick with minimal dialogue that serves a practical purpose... Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by Wiz
This movie is a terribly boring art house film. Don't let the cover fool you...or the trailer like it did me. Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by Thadeus Buttons
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